Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Defending a play is much more important than attacking, so it's always good to cover a player while hez joining in a play.

For example, your defender made a run with the ball, so if your not involved with the play. Drop back and cover the defence. Don't leave the back empty because your gonna be prone to counter attacks.

So that's transition in defending, covering for a player.

Transition in attack, forming a triangle.

In futsal it may be hard because there's only 4 players in the pitch. In order to form a triangle, the middle man (attacking mid / centre mid) must always be in the middle of the triangle. The two defenders may join in or the forward and one defender while the other cover up.

Playing in a triangle gets you out of a sticky situation easily, therefore always play a 2-1-1 formation.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Improving your game 1

As the speed of the game changes, as a player we need to react quicker and anticipate the game. What makes Premier League players different to us are their fitness and the ability to anticipate and react quicker than normal players. After experiencing professional training in Melbourne, i have noticed all of the coaches that i've been training under, wants every young player to play one touch football.

What is one touch football? Every player is restricted to only one touch.

Benefits:- Ability to make quicker decisions
:- Always thinking
:- Teaches you to move around more

Once you've mastered one touch football, its gonna be easy passing the ball in a tight enviroment and make you a better passer.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Strikers or Pivot

"If you’re attacking, you don’t get as tired as when you’re chasing"

Pivot is a position in futsal where you play as a centre forward, always holding the ball and trying to play the ball into space for your wingers to penetrate the defence. You need not to be as tall as Peter Crouch, but its always an advantage if you are strong and be able to lean on defenders. As a striker you need to be able to get your shot on target most of the time, no point putting someone up front if he can shoot. You can be a playmaker but its gonna be tight in the middle of the pitch, because you'll be closing the space of the Defender. Therefore, stay up always and only defend on the other half of the pitch.

Important facts:
:- Stay up and defend, dont close the space of the defender
:- Try to keep your shot low and hard, body over the ball
:- Play as a target man
:- Vision fr space
:- Work on your strength to hold up the ball

Another type of striker in futsal is the (attacking midfielder / striker), you can play a little deep but dont push down until the middle of the pitch. Be a feeder, get the ball hold it and then play it to the wingers. Furthermore you will need to be defending at the top half of the pitch. Keep your shots low and hard, body over the ball.

Important facts:
:- Play a little deeper
:- Feeder
:- Defending top half

Player that you have to look up to as a Pivot are most likely Drogba, his strength and the ability to hold up the ball makes an ideal pivot, not to forget the power of his shot is a stinger. As an attacking midfielder / striker, definitely Wayne Rooney, playing deep, winning the ball and being a feeder of Berbatov.